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The History of Punk goes down the toilet!

2019/03/21

In Reykjavik, there’s an old public toilet that’s been turned into the Icelandic Punk Museum! This edition of The History of Punk started with an interview in the museum, and then got right into music from Iceland’s punk history.

Here’s the playlist:

Bubbi MorthensJón Pönkari
FræbbblarnirBíó
TaugadeildinHvítar Grafir
Purrkur PillnikkGluggagægir
Jonee JoneeHelgi Hós
MegasKrókódílamaðurinn
KamarorghestarRokk Er Betra
Án OrmaDansaðu Fíflið Þitt Dansaðu
Sonus FuturaeMyndbandið
GrafíkVideó
ÞeyrRúdolf
Q4UBöring
UtangarðsmennHírósíma
GrýlurnarBetri Er Limur En Limlestir
Tappi TíkarrassSkrið
BaraflokkurinnCatcher Coming
SpilafíflPlaying Fool
Chaplin  – Teygjutwist
VonbrigðiEkkert
BodiesLonely
Oxsmá & BubbiMe & My Baby

And here’s the show!

This edition of The History of Punk originally aired on CJSR 88.5FM 18 March 2019.

Punk and Gentrification

2018/11/12

The History of Punk recently examined the history and ongoing consequences of gentrification. Part one traced the origins of gentrification, its subsequent history, and its ongoing effects. A case study of New York City’s ABC No Rio serves as an example of resistance to gentrification, despite the removal of its physical space in 2016.

Here’s the reading list:
– Dawson Barrett. “The Direct Action Politics of U.S. Punk Collectives”. American Studies, Vol. 52, No. 2 (2013), pp-23-42.
– Ruth Glass. London: Aspects of Change. London: MacGibbon & Kee, 1964.
Jane Jacobs. The Death and Life of Great American – -Cities. New York City: Random House, 1961.
– Neil Smith. The New Urban Frontier: Gentrification and the Revanchist City. London: Routledge, 1996.

Here’s the playlist:
Malvina Reynolds – “Little Boxes”
Jonathan Richman – “New Kind of Neighborhood”
Arcade Fire – “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)”
Pretenders – “My City was Gone”
The Kinks – “Scrapheap City”
Talking Heads (official) – “(Nothing But) Flowers”
Lou Reed – “Hold On”
Reagan Youth – “Urban Savages”
Aus Rotten – “American Ethic”
Oi Polloi (Official) – “Let’s Go!”
MDC – Millions Of Dead Cops – “Church and State (Live at CBGBs 1983)”

And here’s part 1!

Part two examined the gentrification of Seattle’s Central District. Before the USA’s Civil Rights Era, the urban core of Seattle was where African-Americans could work, live, and go to school. Nowadays, as Draze raps, “The Hood Ain’t the Same”. We also looked at how punks have reacted to gentrification in Washington DC (and how agents of gentrification in DC have reacted to punks like Ian MacKaye). Finally, we looked at the wider punk reaction to gentrification and the myth of ‘progress’.

Here’s the reading list:

-“Chapter One: ‘Hit the Road Jack:’ The Rise and Fall of Seattle’s Black Music Scene, 1945-1960s” from, “This is Not For You: The Rise and Fall of Music Milieux in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest, 1950s -1990s” https://era.library.ualberta.ca/…/a5ea3770-1f0b-438c-a4b4-d…

-“For Punk Music, Gentrification Is the New Ronald Reagan” https://www.citylab.com/…/gentrification-is-the-new…/379711/

Here’s the playlist:
Corb Lund– “That’s What Keeps the Rent Down Baby”
Ray Charles – “Rockin’ Chair Blues”
Jimi Hendrix – “Machine Gun”
Draze – “The Hood Ain’t the Same”
Fugazi – “Cashout”
Jack on Fire – “Burn Down the Brixton”
Jello Biafra & D.O.A. – “That’s Progress”
Wraths – “My Home”
Sick Of It All – “District”

And here’s part 2!

Part three focused on gentrification in Vancouver and Edmonton. Edmonton’s current wave of gentrification started with the development of a publicly-funded downtown arena and entertainment district. This is an example of what Peter Moskowitz refers to as “stage 0” of gentrification, when city governments enable “corporate control of neighbourhoods” though municipal policy.

Here is the reading list:

-Peter Moskowitz, “How to Kill a City: Gentrification, Inequality, and the Fight for the Neighborhood”, 2017.
-Amber Dean, “Remembering Vancouver’s Disappeared Women: Settler Colonialism and the Difficulty of Inheritance”, 2015.
-Daniel Johnson, “This Is Our Land!”: Indigenous Rhetoric and Resistance on the Northern Plains. PhD., Diss, University of Alberta, 2014.
-Dwayne Donald, “Edmonton Pentimento: Re-Reading History in the Case of the Papaschase Cree.” Journal of the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies 2, no. 1 (2004), 21-53.
-Jay Scherer, “Resisting the World-Class City: Community Opposition and the Politics of a Local Arena Development”, Sociology of Sport Journal, 2016, 33, 39-53.
-Jordan Koch, Jay Scherer, and Nicolas Holt, “Slap Shot! Sport, Masculinities, and Homelessness in the Downtown Core of a Divided Western Canadian Inner City”. Journal of Sport and Social Issues, 42(4), 270-294.

Here’s the playlist:

Robin Grey – “The Hackney Gentrification Song”
Alien Boys – “Gentrification”
Paroxysm – “White Picket Fence”
audio/rocketry – “The Way Ahead”
Latcho Drom – “Shit District”
Rebuild/Repair – “Burn Edmonton to the Fucking Ground”
Rebuild/Repair – “Above Ground Cemeteries”
Chain & the Gang – “Devitalize”

And here’s part 3!
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The Heart of Punk City!

2017/05/31

Heart of the City Music and Arts Festival is a free event held in Central Edmonton every June. 2017 is the 14th year of the festival, happening June 3rd and 4th in Giovanni Caboto Park (95 street and 109A avenue in McCauley).

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Ahead of the event celebrating grassroots creativity in Edmonton’s urban core, two acts at this year’s festival joined us on the show. Ben Freeland Writes is a historian and punk poet, and Quasar is a punk band formed in high school that’s participated in Edmonton’s punk scene ever since. This edition of The History of Punk covers punk culture far and wide, and why a grassroots festival in Edmonton is so important in a time of downtown gentrification.

Here’s the playlist!
Alien Boys (Vancouver) – “Gentrification”
Galaxy Express (Seoul) – “Jungle the Black”
Superman Is Dead 日本語 (Bali) – “Poppies Dog Anthem”
Quasar (Edmonton) – “Everybody”
Switches Band (Edmonton) – “Sauerkraut”
Propagandhi (Portage La Prairie) – “…And we thought that Nation States were a bad idea”
Quasar (Edmonton) – “Kydd”

Find out more about Heart of the City Music Festival:
www.heartcityfest.com

Ben Freeland:
www.benfreeland.ca

Quasar:
www.innerquasar.bandcamp.com

And here’s the show!

The History of Punk Show 92: moreCORE

2016/08/22

We continued our exploration of punk “cores” on show 92! A little bit about what Steve Albini thinks about hardcore, some thrash, and even a pinch of positive hardcore too!

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Here’s the playlist:

  1. Big Black (Evanston) – “Steelworker”
  2. Slates (Edmonton) – “(I Got A) Catholic Block”
  3. Golden Years (Edmonton) – “Amp”
  4. These Estates (Regina) – “I Can’t Wait”
  5. Void (Columbia) – “Dehumanized”
  6. Subhumans (Vancouver) – “Refugee”
  7. Gang Green (Braintree) – “Kill a Commie”
  8. Bad Brains (DC) – “Big Take Over”
  9. Dead Kennedys (San Francisco) – “Buzzbomb”
  10. Misfits (Lodi) – “Mommy can I go out and Kill Tonight?”
  11. Slayer (Huntington Park) – “Raining Blood”
  12. Suicidal Tendencies (Venice) – “Institutionalized”
  13. Short Lease (East Michigan) – “Life is Suffering”
  14. Youth of Today (Connecticut) – “Positive Outlook”
  15. Unity (Orange County) – “You are One”

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And here’s the show!

The History of Punk Show 91: You’re not Hardcore unless you live Hardcore!

2016/08/15

The History of Punk Show 91 traced the history of hardcore punk, looking at its origins, characteristics, and ongoing legacy.

The show aired on CJSR 88.5FM in Edmonton on 15 August 2016.

Here’s the playlist!

  1. Slapshot (Boston) – “Ole Tyme Hardcore”
  2. Minor Threat (DC) – “Guilty of Being White”
  3. Jodie Foster’s Army (Phoenix) – “Jodie Foster’s Army”
  4. Cro-Mags (NYC) – “Hard Times”
  5. Circle Jerks (Hermosa Beach) – “Question Authority”
  6. Hüsker Dü  (Saint Paul) – “The Girl who Lives on Heaven Hill”
  7. Sham 69 (Hersham) – “Who Gives a Damn”
  8. The Germs (LA) – “American Leather”
  9. The Middle Class (Santa Ana) – “Out of Vogue”
  10. The Fartz (Seattle) – “You Got a Brain (Use it)”
  11. Bad Brains (DC) – “Sailin’ On”
  12. DOA (Vancouver) – “Slumlord”
  13. Black Flag (Hermosa Beach) – “Damaged”
  14. TSOL (Long Beach) – “Abolish Government/Silent Majority”
  15. MDC (Austin) – “I Remember”
  16. Vibes (Edmonton) – “Unafraid to Believe”
  17. I Hate Sex (Edmonton) – “Sleep Paralysis”

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And here’s the show!

The History of Punk Show 64: Mean things Happenin’

2016/08/15

On the History of Punk Show #64, Dr. Daniel Johnson picked the tunes and discussed SARS, media, Treaty 6, colonization, US politics, and, of course, how folk = punk.

Show 64 originally aired on CJSR 88.5 on 8 February 2016.

Here’s the playlist!

  1. Propagandhi (Portage la Prairie) – “Note to Self”
  2. Blackfire (Flagstaff) – “Mean things Happenin'”
  3. Bruce Springsteen (Long Branch) – “John Henry”
  4. Chris Brown and Kate Fenner (Toronto) – “Oklahoma Tape Deck”
  5. Gil Scott-Heron (the Bronx) – “New York is Killing Me”
  6. Gil Scott-Heron (the Bronx) – “Winter in America”
  7. Odetta (LA) – “Easy Rider”
  8. Kris Demeanour (Calgary)  – “One Show”
  9. Hurray for the Riff Raff (New Orleans) – “Everybody Knows”

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And here’s show #64!

The History of Punk Radio Show 63: The History of Punk Rock!

2016/08/13

PUNK ROCK

On Saturday 30 January 2016, an ensemble of Red Deer punk rockers put on a show of 38 songs spanning the history of punk rock! Then, on Monday 1 February, we talked about the show on CJSR and played some punk rock music too!

Here’s the playlist!

1. Ramones (NYC) – “Teenage Lobotomy”
2. Screeching Weasel (Prospect Heights) – “Cool Kids”
3. Borscht (Edmonton) – “You Can Leave if you Want to”
4. Velvet Underground (NYC) – “Femme Fatale”
5. Descendents (Manhattan Beach) – “Suburban Home”
6. Death from Above 1979 (Toronto) – “Going Steady”
7. Choke (Edmonton) – “Less than Nothing”
8. Passenger Action (Edmonton) – “Tonight we Resonate”
9. Black Mastiff (Edmonton) – “Leave it on the Floor”
10. Power Buddies (Edmonton) – “Fail”
11. Choir and Marching Band (Edmonton) – “Top Ten Hit”
12. Strangled (Edmonton) – “Third Eye”
13. Buzzcocks (Manchester) – “Fast Cars”
14. The Damned (London) – “New Rose”
15. Minor Threat (DC) – “In My Eye”

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And here’s the show!